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Problems with Leadership?
  • Frustration ~ In leadership ... feeling frustrated?  Being lead ... feeling frustrated?
  • Communication ~ Do you feel that those around you aren't hearing what you are saying?
  • Conflict ~ Do you see personality conflicts and other conflict which seems to bring harm vs. strength.

What Do You Want?

As a leader ... are you clear as to what you want?  As someone being lead, do you feel that those in leadership aren't listening and/or do not understand?  

If you haven't taken the 3 minute personality survey good to do that right away.


~Jim Bontrager

Leadership Short Video Series

Leaderships Series #1 - The Oath

Policing has always been a challenging profession, carrying with it many risks for those who take the oath and commit to serving. Taking the oath is the simple part. Keeping the oath is the most important part – the very challenging part. There is a public safety crisis in America and those forces that have deliberately sought to weaken the police-community relationship have made the nation less safe.

As a profession, it is essential that we acknowledge four fundamental truths about policing in America. First, all police officers volunteered to serve in the role. Second, the individual stakes for our officers are high, as the words “we” and “if” were not within the oath that they swore. Third, in swearing their oath, each officer committed individually to lead by example within the profession, and to be a leader in the community that they serve. Fourth, these are exceptionally challenging times for the nation and the public safety profession.

Police executives must both strengthen the internal relationship within their own departments, and advocate for their officers with their elected officials and civic leaders within the community.

The deepest and most visible evidence of the commitment of America's police officers is documented on the Officer Down Memorial Page (https://www.odmp.org/). As of this posting update, more than 25,000 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty. Lives lost and lives taken while those officers were keeping their oaths. "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." (John 15:13, NIV).

Leadership Series #2 - All Levels Responsibility

Most often, when we first think about the topic of leadership, we make an immediate association with a person holding a formal position or title. This is often described as positional leadership. Fully understanding "leadership" requires us to understand that the responsibilities of leadership are not limited to those holding a position of authority. Fundamentally, leadership is about persuasion. Those "in leadership" must understand that, to succeed, they must strengthen the leadership abilities of those they lead.

In fact, the best positional leaders, draw upon their own informal (or relational) leadership abilities, and they do not rely upon the power of their rank alone to get others to act. They inspire. However, leadership is more than ability to give an inspiring speech. Leadership is more than words – it is the full expression of all of our actions.

The best leaders also draw upon the informal leadership displayed by others surrounding them, and from those they formally supervise. This builds from a fundamental truth – in life, none of us can do absolutely everything ourselves. This is true for the newest police officer, and for the chief of police.

Highly-effective organizations are comprised of highly-effective individuals that are performing at all-levels within the group. Each individual officer – for their part of the mission – is the "key piece of the puzzle” that makes it all work. It is a responsibility of those holding formal leadership positions, to help everyone within their organization understand this core principle. In policing, leadership is an all-levels responsibility.

Weekly Mastermind Calls

Life Masteries Institute hosts numerous mastermind calls each week for many different topics! If you have never been a part of a mastermind group...they are VERY different than a networking group! While networking groups give you a fish, mastermind groups help you learn how to fish by working on your biggest challenges! Join Jim, and other police officers, on some of the weekly mastermind calls hosted by our partner, Life Masteries Institute!

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